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Designable modular stone stairs, with shape options

by marvine Posted 16th Mar 2008 at 10:39 PM - Updated 21st Mar 2008 at 5:32 PM by marvine : Added manual install instructions
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
*no EP required, compatible with any game up to FT*

There is a lot of choice when it comes to modular stairs, thanks to Numenor and some other great modders here - but I was in need of something a little more wild for my mountain lots, which the repeating steps shape doesn't really allow no matter how you recolour them.

So I came up with an idea that didn't turn out badly: each step includes 4 different meshes, that can be revealed/hidden with the design tool. So the default step shape will be a single large stone, but once the stairs are in place each step can be changed separately to 3 other designs.

I was a little wary of the polycount, but in fact it's still considerably lower than some EAxis stairs (550 polys and 288 vertices for each step, for an average of 770 and 1114 for the euro stairs from OFB)

I also made two recolours to match my rocks and waterfall shower.


Scriptorium installation (highly recommended): extract all the files, put the main and recolours packages in your downloads folder, then click the "Scriptorium_ModularStairs" shortcut that should be in the same folder, and put the "301_Marvine_rockstairs.txt" in the window it opens.
If you never edited scripts to install modular stairs, fireplaces or custom walls, in order to avoid confusion and messed-up files, I strongly advise you to use Numenor's Scriptorium! It's a very small program, installs in 1 click, and will allow you to properly, safely and easily install and remove all these special items.


Manual installation: (corrected 03-21-2008, thanks to fsh23)
- Open the "301_Marvine_rockstairs.txt" with Notepad, copy the text
- Go to C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Catalog\Scripts\modularstairs.txt, open the file with Notepad
- Add a new blank line, then paste the text you copied earlier
You can leave in the "#Marvine_rockstairs" line, it won't be read by the game and will help identify the definition if needed.

If you want to recolour these, it's a little particular: since each design needs a different alpha, for a single texture you'll need 4 recolours, one for each shape; the files can of course be kept separate, but for conveniency I regrouped mine in the same packages.


For my policy, please refer to my profile.

Polygon Counts:
Faces: 5500 - vertices 2880

Additional Credits:
The usual suspects, Quaxi and the SimPE team, Numenor for the CEP and the Scriptorium, and MTS2 for the tutorials and creation forums.
Tags: #stairs, #modular, #stone, #rock

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Field Researcher
#76 Old 21st Mar 2008 at 11:57 PM Last edited by Canoodle : 14th Apr 2008 at 8:06 PM. Reason: Converted to a 'thanks' post.
#77 Old 22nd Mar 2008 at 1:26 AM
What a perfect, brilliant idea! This (and of course a dozen hair does and hats) is just what my medieval hoods were screaming for. Thank you so much!
Field Researcher
#78 Old 22nd Mar 2008 at 1:57 AM
I have never felt the desire to install a custom modular stairs untill now. Thank you. This is unbelieveably amazing. I am in awe of your awesomeness.
#79 Old 22nd Mar 2008 at 9:11 AM
Beautiful! These will look great on so many types of lots. Thanks!
Field Researcher
#80 Old 22nd Mar 2008 at 1:43 PM
Test Subject
#81 Old 22nd Mar 2008 at 2:15 PM Last edited by fsh23 : 22nd Mar 2008 at 2:21 PM.
It's me again! I downloaded the scriptorium and redownloaded your stairs again but still I can't see them in my game properly. I tried to upload an ingame picture of them,but in case it doesn't show I'll try to explain: First, they are perfectly smooth (not crooked like yours), identical steps. Second, there are no recolors.

Has anyone else encountered the same problem or am I the only one

Anyway, they are still very nice the way they are in my game and I'm gonna use them but I wish I had the real thing

thanks in advance
Original Poster
#82 Old 22nd Mar 2008 at 2:57 PM

This is how the stairs will show when you first put them on your lot - this is the default step shape.

As explained on the first post, you then need to use the design tool (circled in red on the attached pic) to select the shape and colour for each step individually.
Test Subject
#83 Old 22nd Mar 2008 at 3:32 PM
Oh! I thought those instructions were for people who wanted to recolor your steps

Thank you for your patience I can't wait to try them now!
Lab Assistant
#84 Old 22nd Mar 2008 at 6:13 PM
Wow these are wonderful thank you
Lab Assistant
#85 Old 22nd Mar 2008 at 9:00 PM Last edited by Canoodle : 14th Apr 2008 at 7:58 PM. Reason: Converted to a 'thanks' post.
These stairs are just great, the stone textures are so nice that you've the feeling that you're walking trough the real mountains and not in some tourist park. I really like that because it's nothing compared to what you've got and had in the sims2.

GREAT JOB I Love it!
#86 Old 22nd Mar 2008 at 11:32 PM
C'est superbe Marvine !!! Bravo !
It's a wonderful job, so neat in a natural setting ! Well done !!!

And congrats for the featuring, this new version of your splendid spiral stair deserve it !

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Field Researcher
#87 Old 22nd Mar 2008 at 11:59 PM
I have been wanting something like this for a very long time!! Thank you Marvine! They are incredible!

Can't. Stop. Downloading.!!!
#88 Old 23rd Mar 2008 at 12:47 AM
These are wonderfully, outstandingly amazing *grins* and are just what I need for my mountain lots. Thankyou Marvine

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Test Subject
#89 Old 23rd Mar 2008 at 4:15 AM
I followed your directions assiduously. Can't wait to open my game and install these! How wonderful! I am having visions of a waterfall park with mossy stone steps! Thank you!
Test Subject
#90 Old 23rd Mar 2008 at 4:35 PM
I've wanted these type of stairs forever. Thank you for all your hard work and for making my game much more enjoyable.
Test Subject
#91 Old 24th Mar 2008 at 2:16 AM
Ok, looks like I got them to work. It's just that silly vista wanted to make it particularly challenging for me... Well, problem solved now. Thanks a lot!
Wiki Wizard
#92 Old 24th Mar 2008 at 1:47 PM
This is excellent definitely deserves to be featured:D

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Lab Assistant
#93 Old 24th Mar 2008 at 6:51 PM
GORGEOUS! OMGAH, this is a friggin' mastahpiece! xD I gotta download this!

Thanks, doood!

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Lab Assistant
#94 Old 26th Mar 2008 at 12:22 AM
Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Gotta tell you, you are amazing. Thank you.

Lab Assistant
#95 Old 26th Mar 2008 at 1:10 AM
YES!!!! This is exactly what I'm looking for! I've been driven up the wall by the fact that i can't find some stairs like this!! Thank you times infinity xoxoxo

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Test Subject
#96 Old 26th Mar 2008 at 5:36 AM
Nicely done. Thanks so much . This looks much better then the traditional when you want a little rocky staircase
Field Researcher
#97 Old 26th Mar 2008 at 8:59 AM
I... Love you!

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27th Mar 2008 at 1:04 PM
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Test Subject
#98 Old 29th Mar 2008 at 12:32 PM
Wow! Thank you for this fantastic stairs! I can't wait to install them in my game!
Forum Resident
#99 Old 2nd Apr 2008 at 5:37 AM
These stair are just absolutely gorgeous, I really love them, many many thanx.

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